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In the end..it was all ok.

pneugigi -

iPhone 3GS

iPhone 3GS Front Panel Replacement

Difficult

Mein Problem

Dropped the phone, cracked the glass so bad it was an injury hazard!

Meine Reparatur

It was stressful inasmuch as there were some details left out of the guide, which I had to figure out by looking back at the glass I had removed. Also, pulling the front off with the suction cup should come with a MUCH stronger warning about yanking out the cables! I had to pull very hard and ended up doing just that, so I didn't know if I'd ruined the whole machine until I put it all back together. There was a point during the adhesives melting process that I thought GOOD GOD WHAT HAVE I DONE? Never take your iphone apart on a Friday at 3PM on a holiday weekend. In the end, the sun was setting and streamed in though my window directly onto my workspace, and I forged ahead to completion...That reminds me, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE GOOD LIGHT.

Mein Rat

I found the pictures oddly unhelpful. They were somehow at the wrong angle or not close enough to truly illustrate what was going on. Also, if I had to do it again, I would probably replace the entire plastics/panel unit. I write this because 1. melting the adhesives and separating the plastics from the glass was messy and challenging and 2. During the melting/removal processI ended up damaging the black rubber gasket, which isn't even mentioned anywhere in the tutorial or the video. (For that matter, nor is it mentioned that one must remove the plastic from the interior of the new glass panel. It may seem obvious, but to the terrified, detail RULES). Maybe a replacement gasket should be included in the kit...? Maybe tack cloth should be mentioned/included as well, so dust can be removed before reattaching the LCD to the glass. Cheers.

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